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Archive for May 2012

Sneak Peek - Plumbs on Location

Today we thought we'd treat you to a sneak peek at our latest photography.  We've been on location this week at the beautiful Tabley Hall in Knutsford capturing some stunning shots of our latest reupholstery pieces in the ornate surroundings of the museum.

Check back soon for a full documentation of the 2 day shoot!

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Let there be Light!

With the sun shining through the office window this morning - blinding staff, flushing out our computer screens and forcing the office fans to work overtime - I have reluctantly had to shut the blinds!  It seems a real shame to block out such fantastic natural light!  At home I, like many of us, love to take full advantage of the sun and welcome it with open arms. Here are a few of my favourite examples of sun soaked rooms.  Indulge with me...

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Cottage to be Transformed into Sofa!

At Plumbs we pride ourselves on our ability to cover almost anything, but this latest venture brings a whole new meaning to our motto! Installation artist Alice Francis is endeavouring to cover a complete Galloway Cottage (yes the EXTERIOR of the building!) with made-to-measure loose covers from Plumbs! The project comes as part of Scotland's annual open studio arts and crafts event, the Spring Fling.

The aim of the temporary piece is, as Alice explains, to flout conventional expectations:



No stranger to the absurd and irregular, Alice’s artistic repertoire includes thought provoking pieces such as polishing white lines in the road in the Dumfries and Galloway countryside. Another memorable performance saw Alice in a pink rabbit costume, vacuuming local woodlands.

Alice chose Plumbs to help her with her latest piece, choosing one of our archetypal floral 'Rose and Scroll' fabrics, more commonly found inside a traditional home. We've had great fun having Alice in our Preston factory and assisting with the cutting and sewing of the covers.

We cannot wait to see the final result, which will be erected next week on 31st May. It will remain, closely fitted around the building throughout the bank holiday weekend 2nd – 5th June. The cottage and it’s new made-to-measure cover will be highly visible on the B736, three miles south of Castle Douglas. Well worth a visit! We will indeed post the result as soon as we get our hands on some pictures!

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Trend Alert - Living Walls!

We've been talking a lot lately about bringing the outdoors in, but this latest interior design trend takes that idea to a whole new level.  Green walls, or Living Walls as they are popularly known, are fast becoming the statement feature to have in the home.  Why hang a picture of the rainforest when you can have something close to the real thing on your walls?!

The trend of growing foliage up and across interior walls has been made famous by British artists: Ackroyd and Harvey, when they covered a former church with grass interiors.  The concept may seem unrealistic and pose obvious functional difficulties in the home.  However, not all designs have to be quite so elaborate as Ackroyd and Harvey's.

Green walls could make a stunning focal point and certainly a talking point in a contemporary home...

Opt for a smaller version and display a series of foliage like picture boxes for a novel decorative touch...

Or you can even merge design with functionality in the kitchen, with a living wall of fresh herbs.


Would you like a living wall in your home?

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